Mainly, nothing in particular. The first and second generation cars were not supposed to be performance cars in any shape or form. Adding power to that platform is just a way to roll over faster than normal. It probably goes without saying that the A38 AMG version (250bhp, twin-engined beast) apparently had the ability to turn off his rear-mounted four-cylinder and run on his four-cylinder up front. car. Nor was the A32K AMG with the supercharged 3.2-liter V6 of the SLK32 and C32 AMG. Reports vary depending on how many of each are present, but it’s safe to assume that you’re unlikely to see one in front of Tesco.
The fastest production version of the “tall” A-Class is the second-generation A200 Turbo, which is actually mid-seven and still quite slow. It was 126mph. Which is likely the best, given what happens when A is required to appear early in any kind of corner…
For most of the 3rd and 4th generation A-Class, performance falls somewhere between mediocre and decent. His 150 odd horsepower in the 3rd generation A200 is more than enough for a small hatchback, and 0-62 times the power of the 3rd generation and his 4th generation A250 rival Golf GTI is low fuel consumption with his 220 odd horsepower. Six each. Either way, your average A-class is loaded with enough to peel off the metaphorical rice pudding without being blazingly fast.
On the other hand, the AMG A45 does. Needless to say, when the A45 first appeared, our perception of how fast a small hot hatch was was changed instantly and irrevocably. Well over 300bhp (usually close to his 400bhp, often more), four-wheel drive, 0-62x faster than most supercars, the A45 and its sparring partners The Audi RS3 turned hot car. Fully hatch the game.
No, it’s not. Now think about the hot hatch criteria. Something like 300bhp and the ability to compress time and space like a black hole. So where did they get the idea?